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August 2020

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Ravage

Ravage’s Annabelle Dexter-Jones (Photo Brainstorm Media)

Ravage

  • By Nancy Bishop
  • Photo Courtesy of Brainstorm Media

There’s no better time than now to watch a movie scarier than the fear of getting the coronavirus. Dread looms large in writer/director Teddy Grennan’s “Ravage,” a 77-minute, run-for-your-life heart pounder featuring a kick-ass Annabelle Dexter-Jones, a ferocious Robert Longstreet, and a chillingly menacing Bruce Dern. Dexter-Jones plays a professional photographer who witnesses a savage murder in the rural backwoods of the South and thus becomes prey for the good ol’ boys who have committed the crime. She’s captured, tortured, and escapes. While evading her pursuers hellbent on her demise, she sets booby traps that even the playing field but, ultimately, the tables turn. No spoilers, but a particularly grisly scene may be hard to shake.

Opening in select drive-in theaters August 14th and VOD August 21st.

Also available late August is “You Cannot Kill David Arquette,” an unflinchingly honest look at David’s life and his dedication to do whatever it takes to earn the respect of his fellow professional wrestlers. His performance is a veritable tour de force. Kudos to David, directors David Darg and Prince James, and all involved.

A shout-out to the legendary Louis Gossett Jr. on his Emmy nomination for Best Supporting Actor on HBO’s “Watchmen.” His new movie, “The Cuban,” just opened. For a list of theaters, click here

Bill & Ted Face The…

Bill & Ted Face The Music releases August 21

Bill & Ted Face The…

  • By Debbie Emery

It’s been 31 years since Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure barreled into theaters in a phone booth (doesn’t that you feel old!) and now our time-traveling duo are back for the third film of the sci-fi comedy trilogy.

Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter return as Bill and Ted, who are older — but definitely not wiser — married men with high school-age kids of their own. Fortunately, that’s not had any impact on their maturity level or broken up their terrible rock band, Wyld Stallyns. Just as it seems that the pair are succumbing to the confines of suburban life and being forced to “adult” responsibly, they receive a visitor from the future who pleas with them to create a song that will save the entire universe … and they only have 78 minutes to do it. That task will take serious help from their friends throughout history, some music legends, — and of course, Death, who is cheating as usual.

Bill and Ted also end up roping their own daughters into the quest, played by Samara Weaving and Brigette Lundy-Paine. Will Sadler reprises his role as the Grim Reaper, while rapper Kid Cudi appears as himself.

Like so many movies this year, “Bill & Ted” skipped a traditional opening in favor of a simultaneous release on premium VOD and in any theaters open on Sept. 1.  

WORDS ON BATHROOM…

Words on a Bathroom Wall released July 31 (Starring AnnaSophia Robb and Charlie Plummer)

WORDS ON BATHROOM…

  • By RICH ANDREW
  • Photo By Roadside Attractions

Director Thor Freudenthal (Carnival Row) has adapted Julia Walton’s best selling novel about mental illness into a poignant film we can all relate to about learning how to keep your cool when the whole world feels upside down.

Charlie Plummer (Looking for Alaska) expertly embodies the complicated mind of Adam Petrazelli, a high school senior who learns that his frightening hallucinations are a symptom of his paranoid schizophrenia. As if battling the school bullies wasn’t bad enough, Adam must now battle the voices and visions plaguing his head, forever doomed to be deemed the class freak. But all that is about to change when he meets the curious and always candid Maya, played by the charismatic Taylor Russell (Waves). An experimental drug promises to make Adam as normal as the next guy, but the fractured facets of himself somehow continue to fight their way out. Unrelenting and unafraid, Maya becomes the only person to stand by Adam and help him find the beautiful calm inside all the crazy he sees scrawled across bathroom walls.

With powerful performances by fellow cast mates AnnaSophia Robb (The Act), Beth Grant (Dollface), Devon Bostick (Tuscaloosa), Lobo Sebastian (Hawaii Five-0), Molly Parker (Lost In Space), Walton Goggins (The Unicorn), and Andy Garcia (Flipped), Words on Bathroom Walls delivers a commanding voice worth listening to.

Words on Bathroom Walls” premieres August 21st.

GREENLAND

Greenland releases August 14 (Starring Morena Baccarin and Gerard Butler)

GREENLAND

  • By RICH ANDREW
  • Photo Courtesy of STX FIILMS

Doomsday is upon us, and with his latest disaster flick, director Ric Roman Waugh (Angel Has Fallen) has taken our impending apocalypse to cataclysmic heights — and blockbuster records.

The one to save us from such imminent extinction is our favorite action star Gerard Butler (Angel Has Fallen), who dons the brave shoulders of John Garrity, a loving husband to his wife Allison and a doting father to his son Nathan. According to the news, smaller fragments from a passing comet called Clarke are set to enter the earth’s atmosphere and burn away like shooting stars. People gather to watch the glorious display, but upon first impact, those news reports are proven dead wrong. Shockwaves annihilate central Florida and scorch the skies with larger comet fragments being dubbed as planet killers. Navigating their way through panic, chaos, and the ugliest sides of humanity, John and his family must fight to gain passage on a military plane destined for secret bunkers in Greenland, the last chance of survival for all of humankind.

With an outstanding cast that also stars Morena Baccarin (Gotham), Roger Dale Floyd (Doctor Sleep), Scott Glenn (Castle Rock), David Denman (Brightburn), Gary Weeks (Outer Banks), Andrew Bachelor (The Walking Dead), Claire Bronson (The Outsider), and Mike Gassaway (God Made Man), Greenland is set to be this summer’s smash hit.

Greenland” premieres August 14th.

What's Hot!

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, we’ve adjusted our content this month.

LAArtsOnline now features two NEW pages: BOOKS and EXTRA! We’ll look at what’s hot in the world of books and reading along with some suggestions of EXTRA! things to check out, read about, and do!

Stay positive, stay safe.

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